What is Shochu?

While less known abroad, shochu is actually more popular than sake in Japan! So what is shochu, exactly? One thing it is NOT is soju, the Korean alcoholic beverage it is often mistaken for! Instead, shochu (焼酎)is Japan’s indigenous distilled spirit made in a pot-still that is typically bottled between 25%-35% abv. Therefore, the alcohol …

Speciality Sake Categories

As you can read about in our quick ‘Sake 101’, the main categories of sake are determined by the rice polishing ratio and the addition (or lack-thereof) of distilled alcohol. While having an understanding of these primary sake styles will enable you to recognize and differentiate between the majority of products at a sake shop …